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    Hey everyone I'd like to pursue dentistry and these are the subjects I've chosen:

    HL
    Bio
    Chem
    English Lit

    SL
    Philosophy
    Maths Studies
    French

    Would you say these subject choices are alright?
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    (Original post by goldenshades)
    Hey everyone I'd like to pursue dentistry and these are the subjects I've chosen:

    HL
    Bio
    Chem
    English Lit

    SL
    Philosophy
    Maths Studies
    French

    Would you say these subject choices are alright?
    Absolutely. The only thing you might think of is Maths instead of Maths Studies, just to keep your options a bit more open if you think you can handle it, but for dentistry that's great
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    (Original post by Saoirse:3)
    Absolutely. The only thing you might think of is Maths instead of Maths Studies, just to keep your options a bit more open if you think you can handle it, but for dentistry that's great
    Supposedly for most dentistry and medical schools you only need maths studies now!
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    Supposedly for most dentistry and medical schools you only need maths studies now!
    Yeah, I'd say for those two you'd be fine, but I know so many people who've completely changed what they want to do during the 2 years of IB. Plus, even if it isn't a requirement, that doesn't mean it wouldn't help your chances at some places either...
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    (Original post by Saoirse:3)
    Yeah, I'd say for those two you'd be fine, but I know so many people who've completely changed what they want to do during the 2 years of IB. Plus, even if it isn't a requirement, that doesn't mean it wouldn't help your chances at some places either...
    True, but most courses involving bio and chem don't require maths at all I don't think. Plus, it'd be better for the OP to get a 7 in Math Studies without much work, especially as HL Chem is so hard.
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    True, but most courses involving bio and chem don't require maths at all I don't think. Plus, it'd be better for the OP to get a 7 in Math Studies without much work, especially as HL Chem is so hard.
    That's a pretty dangerous attitude though - it's very easy to slack off a bit in Maths Studies and miss those top grades. There's certainly arguments either way, but it's something to consider.
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    Does anyone know if you can take the IB as an external (private) candidate?
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    (Original post by AlexKay99)
    Does anyone know if you can take the IB as an external (private) candidate?
    Yes, you can. You can enter yourself at a centre as a private candidate to take exams. I'm not sure how IAs would work. I wouldn't advise self teaching the IB though. VERY bad idea.
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    Yes, you can. You can enter yourself at a centre as a private candidate to take exams. I'm not sure how IAs would work. I wouldn't advise self teaching the IB though. VERY bad idea.
    OK, thank you for your reply, I have already done a similar qualification so it wont be as if I'm starting from 'scratch' although I heard it is hard. Can you tell me if there are any compulsory subjects I have to take at IB?
    Thanks
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    (Original post by AlexKay99)
    OK, thank you for your reply, I have already done a similar qualification so it wont be as if I'm starting from 'scratch' although I heard it is hard. Can you tell me if there are any compulsory subjects I have to take at IB?
    Thanks
    "A candidate for the IB diploma or certificates must be registered by an IB World school for each intended examination session and must take the requisite courses and examinations at that school." Source: http://www.ibo.org/documentlibrary/r...DP_regs_en.pdf

    I'm not sure if that prohibits external candidates or not, but with regards to your question, if you're doing the IB Diploma then you must choose to study six subjects, 3/4 at higher level (HL) and 2/3 at standard level (SL). There aren't many differences between HL and SL for most subjects, SL usually just goes into less depth, and that some subjects are SL only. The six subjects have to correspond to six different groups:

    Group 1: (Native) Language for studies in literature
    Group 2: Foreign language
    Group 3: Individuals and societies (humanities fall into this group)
    Group 4: Experimental sciences (including Computer Science and DT)
    Group 5: Mathematics (compulsory - only choice in level: Studies, SL and HL in order from easiest to hardest)
    Group 6: Arts (optional - can be replaced by one subject from any of the five other groups)

    There are some subjects that are quite unique to IB and might not be heard of in other qualifications, such as Environmental Systems & Societies (both Group 3 and 4, SL only) and Information Technology in a Global Society (Group 3). Check the IB website for more information about them: www.ibo.org

    In addition, you must complete 3 core components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK - which is like a cross between philosophy and critical thinking), CAS (Creativity, Action, Service - extra-curricular activities of a creative, sports or community service nature done regularly throughout the program) and an Extended Essay (EE - a 4000 word research essay on a topic of your choice pertaining to any subject that the IB provides).

    You can check the IB website for more information about subject choices and restrictions: www.ibo.org
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    (Original post by AlexKay99)
    OK, thank you for your reply, I have already done a similar qualification so it wont be as if I'm starting from 'scratch' although I heard it is hard. Can you tell me if there are any compulsory subjects I have to take at IB?
    Thanks
    Honestly, I am seriously discouraging you from self teaching IB. It doesn't matter how similar it is. You clearly don't know very much about it at all. You couldn't self teach TOK and I don't know how you'd get your Extended Essay supervised. Just because it sounds interesting and different does NOT mean you should do it, if the facilities are not available for you to.
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    Honestly, I am seriously discouraging you from self teaching IB. It doesn't matter how similar it is. You clearly don't know very much about it at all. You couldn't self teach TOK and I don't know how you'd get your Extended Essay supervised. Just because it sounds interesting and different does NOT mean you should do it, if the facilities are not available for you to.
    Oh, ok, sounds like a lot of work. What if I take the A levels instead? I'm on my gap year and I really need another qualification to improve my grades to get into Oxbridge. This year was sort of a blur and I didn't do as well as I hoped although I'm appealing my grades. I know Oxbridge policy on resits so I will not be resitting the same qualification as it will affect my chances of gaining an offer. I really want to show them that I can get all A's in one sitting
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    AquisM has given a very complete answer - I would add IB rules very strict it takes two years and a set number of teaching hours. For Oxbridge
    they will ask around 40-42 points so unless your A levels were as strong as this (like at least one or two A*) IB is not an option.


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    (Original post by AlexKay99)
    Oh, ok, sounds like a lot of work. What if I take the A levels instead? I'm on my gap year and I really need another qualification to improve my grades to get into Oxbridge. This year was sort of a blur and I didn't do as well as I hoped although I'm appealing my grades. I know Oxbridge policy on resits so I will not be resitting the same qualification as it will affect my chances of gaining an offer. I really want to show them that I can get all A's in one sitting
    IB could NOT be done over a year and could not be "just another qualification". I know people who did the IB and did 1 A level in addition. You could possibly do 3 A levels in a year. Possibly. But not 6 IB subjects.
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    IB could NOT be done over a year and could not be "just another qualification". I know people who did the IB and did 1 A level in addition. You could possibly do 3 A levels in a year. Possibly. But not 6 IB subjects.
    Ok, thank you for your help!
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    Hey guys my option choices are coming up and I wanted some advice on what to choose for medicine

    HL
    Bio
    Chem

    SL
    English A
    Japanese ab initio
    Maths

    For the 3rd HL, I'm really interested in History (which I didn't do at iGCSE). Would the workload drag the rest of my grades down and is it really suicide given my other subjects? I realize it'll be difficult because I need 776 at HL to get in, would it substantially easier to just do Geography HL? (Probably A* at iGCSE)
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    (Original post by CYsuxx)
    Hey guys my option choices are coming up and I wanted some advice on what to choose for medicine

    HL
    Bio
    Chem

    SL
    English A
    Japanese ab initio
    Maths

    For the 3rd HL, I'm really interested in History (which I didn't do at iGCSE). Would the workload drag the rest of my grades down and is it really suicide given my other subjects? I realize it'll be difficult because I need 776 at HL to get in, would it substantially easier to just do Geography HL? (Probably A* at iGCSE)

    I picked History as my HL, and it's pretty interesting as a subject. I'm managing a grade 6 as my predicted as of now. It is a lot of work, but if you have a good teacher and/or pay proper attention in class, you should be able to do it.

    It's also not extremely important to take both, Bio and Chem, at HL level. Medicine would require a higher understanding of Chemistry as compared to Bio, and I think, if you want, you can afford to take Bio at an SL. Some of my friends who want to get into medicine have done that.
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    (Original post by CYsuxx)
    Hey guys my option choices are coming up and I wanted some advice on what to choose for medicine

    HL
    Bio
    Chem

    SL
    English A
    Japanese ab initio
    Maths

    For the 3rd HL, I'm really interested in History (which I didn't do at iGCSE). Would the workload drag the rest of my grades down and is it really suicide given my other subjects? I realize it'll be difficult because I need 776 at HL to get in, would it substantially easier to just do Geography HL? (Probably A* at iGCSE)
    Isis history go abd got a 7 despite not spongy the gcse, althouhlgh I was not so good at science

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    Hey guys,
    I'm currently doing I.G.C.S.E's in India. I will finish it next November. I am probably going to take IB D.P after I finish. I want to study engineering in uni and was wondering what subject choices I should take. Are there any required subjects for SL/HL? What subject combination would be easy to do.

    At the moment, I score A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and ICT. Missed it by a few points in English (got an A).

    Would really appreciate some help!!!
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    (Original post by Nishanth Kumar)
    Hey guys,
    I'm currently doing I.G.C.S.E's in India. I will finish it next November. I am probably going to take IB D.P after I finish. I want to study engineering in uni and was wondering what subject choices I should take. Are there any required subjects for SL/HL? What subject combination would be easy to do.

    At the moment, I score A* in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and ICT. Missed it by a few points in English (got an A).

    Would really appreciate some help!!!
    For engineering, you probably want HL Maths and Physics. Other than that, it is pretty much your choice - Chemistry may be useful and more so at HL but is far from critical, and the rest of your subjects should be those you enjoy and think you can get good grades in.
 
 
 
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